View Full Version : LA Times Sports Writer (Tennis, too) Reveals He's Transexual; Becomes "Christine"

Apr 26th, 2007, 11:52 PM
Sports writer says he is transsexual

Posted: Thursday April 26, 2007 5:22PM; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2007 5:22PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A veteran sports writer for the Los Angeles Times said in his column Thursday that he is a transsexual.

Mike Penner told readers of his struggle to embrace his gender, and said when he returns from vacation in a few weeks he will be known as Christine Daniels. He did not say whether he was having surgery or why he's changing his last name.

"I am a transsexual sports writer," Penner wrote. "It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words."

The 49-year-old Penner said his brain has been "wired female" and he's tried to fight off the urge to change sexes. He called writing a story about his sexuality the "most frightening of all the towering mountains of fear I somehow had to confront and struggle to scale."

"How do you go about sharing your most important truth, one you spent a lifetime trying to keep deeply buried, to a world that has grown familiar and comfortable with your facade?" Penner asked.

Penner, who is married to another Los Angeles Times writer, said he started coming out about two months ago by telling his boss, his barber and a soccer teammate, and that he now feels happier and healthier.

"Mike Penner has been an exemplary contributor to the Los Angeles Times sports pages for over two decades and today's column is no exception," Randy Harvey, the newspaper's sports editor, said in a statement. "The decision to go public cannot have been an easy one and, while we do not make a habit of commenting on the personal and private lives of our journalists, we do look forward to continuing our relationship into the future."

John Amaechi, the first NBA player to publicly come out of the closet as being gay, said he read Penner's column Thursday after returning from a speaking engagement in Berkeley at the University of California.

"It's incredibly bold and far more courageous than anything I could have done," said Amaechi, who spent five seasons in the NBA. "I commend him."

Penner has spent more than 20 years at the Los Angeles Times and has covered the Olympics, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and has served as the Times' sports media critic.

go hingis
Apr 27th, 2007, 03:47 AM
I wish him all the best and maybe next time he has a personal secret on a sports player he might keep it to himself instead of writing and publishing it.

Apr 27th, 2007, 04:06 AM
Good for her.

Maybe she'll win the U.S. Open and they'll get her name right :devil:

Apr 27th, 2007, 04:14 AM
Now, this is a real switch-hitter.

Apr 27th, 2007, 04:31 AM
Now, this is a real switch-hitter.


Seriously though, he/she may've just pissed away his/her career

Apr 27th, 2007, 08:38 AM
takes a lot of courage

good for him/her